The allure of hardwood flooring

There’s nothing like the classic beauty and distinctive grain patterns of oak wood floors unless it’s the lighter, more subtle charm of maple hardwood flooring. You'll find these, and many more, with such recognized names as Bella Cera, Shaw, Anderson, Mullican, etc., at our showroom. Continue reading to learn more about hardwood floors.

Solid and engineered wood flooring

There are both solid and engineered wood flooring versions of hardwood, with the latter taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry. That is because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. While the two look similar on the surface, the construction of engineered hardwood makes it better to handle water.

The engineered version consists of at least three layers of genuine wood underneath, combined with a bit of resin. These layers are then placed in a crosswise position, which gives it more stability, and, as a result, these floors can be placed in some areas, such as basements, where solid isn't recommended. Like solid wood floors, however, these floors add value to a property and can be refinished.

What’s your style?

Logs are cut in three ways, with each offering different grain patterns, giving the floor a distinctive look. Plain sawn cuts are the most traditional; the grains form little waves, known as "cathedrals." Rift-sawn has long, linear grains, while quarter-sawn is a combination of plain and rift, giving the floor an iridescent, almost three-dimensional look. While you're at it, also think about plank width. Wider planks are currently trending and, because there are fewer visual breaks, it can make a space seem open and airy. However, it can also have the opposite effect in a small, narrow room, so that you may prefer a narrower floor plank. Random width planks offer the best of both worlds, allowing designers to create unique patterns.

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Hardwood flooring benefits include:

Wood flooring is versatile enough to work with any decor, and if you change the atmosphere, all it takes is sanding and staining. They also add value to your property, as 70% to 80% of the cost will be seen in your increased real estate assessment. They're also long-lasting and easy to care for with dust mopping, periodic damp mopping with a wood cleaner, and strategically placing mats at entrances and in front of sinks. 

Is hardwood flooring for you? Come into our showroom to explore that, as well as our other products, at the Lakefront Flooring at our two addresses, 2425 West 12th St. and 2503 Station Rd, in Erie, PA. We work with homeowners and businesses in Erie, PA, Lawrence Park, PA, Wesleyville, PA, Fairview, PA, Girard, PA, Summit, PA, Waterford, PA, Northeast, PA, Harbor Creek, PA, && Edinboro, PA. You’ll also walk out with a free hardwood flooring quote.